In part 1 yesterday Dr. Vilma Brunhuber introduced us to the debilitating issue of adrenal fatigue, what it is and the issues surrounding it. In this concluding part, Dr. Brunhuber looks at further definitions, causes and solutions in how to treat adrenal fatigue.
The basis of adrenal fatigue or burnout is stress, which over time can tax your adrenal glands to the point of causing other health problems, such as:
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Hormones act as the command and control system of the body and regulate energy production, fat burning and mood.
The relationship between hormones and adrenal glands
The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland are in the brain, and they control how much hormone is released from various glands.
Once the hormones are released, the adrenal glands make the decision on how much should be used.
What this means is that, even if the other glands are doing their jobs perfectly, it may seem like they are not working correctly if the adrenals don’t let their hormones into the cells.
For example: if your adrenals are not working properly, you may have symptoms of low thyroid, such a fatigue or weight gain. And this can happen even if your thyroid is perfectly healthy because your cells are not using thyroid hormones.
Thus, adrenal dysfunction can lead to fatigue, weight gain and depression, just as thyroid disease can. People who experience problems with one gland may actually have problems with the other.
Causes of adrenal dysfunction
1. Emotional stress
2. Poor diet
3. Chronic inflammation in your body
Our adrenals control a switch that causes us to thrive; meaning we burn fat and feel energised, or just survive, meaning we store fat and feel tired.
Survival mode is more than emotional pressure.
As I mentioned, these triggers include physical and environmental stress, dietary stress and mental stress.
Processed food, pollutants (toxicity) and the pressures of life can all push us into survival mode.
Inflammation is the hallmark of virtually every disease you can think of, from diabetes to cancer and, when chronic, it stresses your system including your adrenals.
Did you know – adrenal hormones are tied up to obesity.
It turns out that adrenal hormones control a switch that sends calories to your belly fat or to your muscles.
Adrenal fatigue is the most common hormonal imbalance in women.
Stress hormone depletion impacts the female hormones progesterone and estrogen, as well as the predominant male hormone, testosterone.
Since sex hormone levels drop as stress hormone levels drop, sex drive diminishes in both men and women.
Mood swing symptoms
In both men and women, hormonal symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, sweet & salty cravings and headaches can be related to the failure of the adrenals to adapt to stress.
Female hormone symptoms such as menstrual cramping, infertility, night sweats and hot flashes can also be related to adrenal insufficiency.
Many women feel they are on an emotional roller coaster with their female hormones, and testosterone levels in men also suffer as a result of weak adrenal output.
3 typical mistakes people make when it comes to their adrenal function:
– They minimize their symptoms of approaching burnout until they drop from over-giving;
– They reach for fake energy in the form of caffeine, sugar and alcohol;
– They soldier on in the face of overdrive (overcompensating lack of energy with intense exercise), not realizing how out of alignment one or more aspects of their life is with their beliefs.
So, how to treat adrenal fatigue?
My simple 3-step solution:
First – start by attuning to your symptoms.
Decode the messages your body is trying to send you. Listen for the health expressions that you have today, this week, this past month. Write them down in your a health journal.
Second – remove toxins and replace them with good choices.
Join my Liver-Gut detox program to reset your hormones.
You’ll jump start your hormonal balance. You’ll stabilize your blood sugar and remove the fake energy (caffeine, sugar, alcohol, dairy, gluten). You’ll feel like you’re on a honeymoon – the Body Honeymoon!
Third – reach out for professional help.
Nearly every facet of good health is a product of the delicate balance of hormones.
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